When Juan Carlos Monterrey-Gómez, MAIDP’19, graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, the climate crisis was the furthest thing from his mind.
However, as it often happens, fate intervened in the form of a job offer from the Ministry of Environment in his home country of Panama. Now, just six years later, he is an Obama Foundation Scholar and Harris graduate, having been among the first class of MAIDP students at the Harris School of Public Policy.
The MAIDP degree – which stands for Master of Arts in International Development and Policy – is a one-year degree for promising international leaders like Monterrey which provides a foundation in policy design and analysis in international settings. Students in the MAIDP program get a chance to apply evidence-based analytical approaches, cutting-edge tools, and practical policy innovation to address the world’s most pressing problems.
And that’s just what Monterrey is doing now – he’s become one of Central America’s fiercest warriors in the battle against the climate crisis.
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